Some hiring managers factor candidate GPAs into their hiring decisions, and others ignore them completely. Your GPA may not matter at all, or it may mean the difference between landing and losing the job of your dreams. The answer will depend on the person reviewing you, the industry, and the other contributions you may have to offer. Here’s what some of our hiring manager contacts tell Free Resume Builder about the importance of grade point averages.
“Here in aerospace engineering, grades are important, even decades after you graduate from school. We just want reassurance that our candidates have mastered a broad range of relevant coursework. Not all engineering skill comes from on-the-job-experience.”
“In our field—production management—grades mean absolutely nothing once you’ve been out of school for two years. But prior to that time, we can’t form a judgment based on work experience, since candidates don’t really have any. During an applicant’s first two years in the real world, grades are all we have to go on.”
“Healthcare is a very popular field right now. So we require four year degrees and we cut off any entry level candidate with a GPA lower than 3.5, just to narrow the pool and make hiring decisions more manageable.”
We’re in wholesale electronics sales, and if you graduated more than three years ago and you include your GPA on your resume, our company won’t take you seriously. The implication is simple: If you’re still bragging about your grades three years out of school, you probably haven’t built much of a real-world track record. It may not be true, but that feeling is a product of our culture.”
“If you have a well-formatted, well-written resume and you seem to know what you’re doing and where you’re headed, we’ll consider you for our sales team. Regardless of your GPA, we’ll call you in for an interview to see if our hunch plays out. Our best employees weren’t always great students. But as long as they’re smart people with practical knowledge of business and human nature, and that’s all we need.”